Does fashion matter? Well if you’re Michelle Obama- it certainly does. And with the eyes of the country on President Obama last night, the woman by his side made a subtle choice to let those in Congress know her husband’s re-election campaign will be a force.

Though many may not have noticed, Michelle Obama appeared at last night’s join session of congress wearing a familiar purple shift dress. It is the same Mario Pinto dress Mrs. Obama wore the night then Senator Obama solidified his lead against Hilary Clinton during the 2008 Democratic Primaries. Besides its political significance, that night was also remembered for another newsworthy event: the “fist-bump” heard around the world.

For those who do not fully remember that moment or just want to relive the awesomeness of it, here is the clip of that night in St. Paul, Minnesota.

While many may shrug off the First Lady’s wardrobe choices as irrelevant, there’s no convincing this writer that it wasn’t. Michelle Obama is the object of fashion observers everywhere and each repeated pick is obsessed over and praised. Wearing the purple victory shift cinched by a black-knotted belt, the woman of the White House made sure that when the Commander-in-Chief looked up to the balcony, he’d see his wife in the dress she’d worn the night he defied the odds.  As her husband pitched a $447 billion dollar jobs proposal to Congress, the First Lady seemed to be quietly speaking to the pollsters, opposition and naysayers as well.

After all, in the nights before St. Paul, few people thought Michelle Obama’s husband could win the White House. In her stunning purple the First Lady’s message seemed to be, “Watch him do it again.”

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  • toohonestm

    i actually think there’s another reason behind this dress choice: with so much talk of unemployment not decreasing and the financial woes of so many Americans, Mrs. Obama might have also have chosen this dress to show how items can be remixed to make a new look. Her wearing of this dress with a different belt shows her solidarity with the everyday woman who can’t afford to buy a new dress for every occassion.
    Brillant way to show commonality.

  • Malcolm X

    @Srenda: I recommend that you do some research on the history of The Democratic Party. How can any rational minded person buy into a COLONIAL, CAPITALISTIC, Government. True, of the matter, is, you can go to THEIR polls and vote all you want because the powers that be that you mentioned, does not, and never will, consider us of any importance. Unless there`s a FUNDAMENTAL change, in this corrupt system, whereby The masses benefit socially, economically, politically, etc., (and none is coming any time soon) then you are only beating a dead horse. So, yes, in the present political state as is, it is most irrelevant. The ballot will do nothing to change the current plight of the masses. Let`s remember how they so-called founded this country. The pilgrims landing on Plymouth Rock in 1620 had nothing to do with us, nor did The Revolutionary War in 1776. And, today, what do you have? A holiday in honoring their massacre and attrocities of The Red Man called, ‘Thanksgiving’. And even that we have bought into. The Revolutionary War was for their independence from Great Britian. Now you tell me, how is that beneficial to me, one of Americas` many descendants from slaves?

    This country/system only serves The rich because that`s the root of a COLONIAL/IMPERIALISTIC Government. This system is criminal set up by criminals. We have been duped as we believed the hype and bought into Americas` promise of hope. I challenge you to show, any reason, why America should be afforded the benefit of the doubt based on her promise of this hope that many believe it. All historical records/data, only, reveal to me that she is found wanting. So stay away from the attempts of being a comedian. Come with some intellectual dialogue and present your case.

  • Srenda

    @Malcolm X Brother Malcolm, you are absolutely right, voting solves nothing. Still you can’t afford not to vote. Yet, strangeley enough I respect other people’s decisions not to because I understand where you are coming from. The system is uneven and corrupt. We need better leaders, better plans. Even Obama pushes us to do more in our communities as he is at the end of the day merely a figure head. Another symbol. Another image. Significant to some extent but also irrelevant. It’s up to us to come together and shape our world and do away with the injustices. Voting to some extent is little more than a symbolic act but it is a method of communication we have. I think we could have this conversation if much more black people voted in general and we could see what the results are but many of us share the perspective you had. Even I did at one point. I was completely cynical and resentful the first time I voted in my 20’s. I resisted voting for years I thought it was pointless. Then I decided to give voting a chance and vote in the first Bush election. We know what happened with that one and I even said to myself wow, look how pointless that was because we lost. I felt like my vote meant nothing but I will tell you this, the act of me just taking the time out to do that helped me to become more informed about what’s going on in the world and also gave me a sense of purpose to go into my community and vote with other black people for the politicians who supported the causes we believed in whether they carried thru on their campaign promises or not. So it is a gesture that publicly announces that we are watching, informed and aware of what’s going on and that we are also aware of our power out of the voting booth or not. This symbolic act has significance, otherwise the so called poewers that be wouldn’t have tried to keep us from doing it for so long (and violently so) and also prevent women and prisoners from voting. Voting whether we get who we want in office or not gives us a voice. Okay, so that was pretty much joke free now, wasn’t it?